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DIDS70
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5/6/13 9:35 A

I surge train 5X a week and eat more of a plant based diet. I haven't been sick in over three years. I may be having allergy issues right now, but no flu, cold, strep, bronchitis or pneumonia as i have been prone to in the past.

I agree that you need to let your body repair.



SLIMMERKIWI
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5/6/13 2:56 A

A balanced diet is best, including lots of fruit and veges - thinking of a rainboow of colour.

Some people do get confused between 'colds' and 'allergies' but they are different.

" Last month I got strep, three weeks later was on more antibiotics for a different infection, and after running yesterday and today, my throat and ears are starting to hurt again!!! So weird and frustrating. Usually exercise promotes your Immune system so I'm confused about this."

It MAY be that you aren't giving your body a chance to repair itself. I would giving exercise, particularly the running, a break and perhaps check in with your Dr. It may be some bloods might indicate a problem which exacerbates this.

Kris




SUNSHINE6442
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5/6/13 12:56 A

I know that oregano fights cholesterol and is also is also beneficial in helping our immune system stay in good working order as it inhibits bacterial growth...also garlic is supposed to destroy abnormal cells and strenthens the immune system...and black ground pepper which is supposed to help clear toxins...I haven;t had a cold in 25 years...
I take vitamin C daily and a probiotic.....also eat some 80% dark chocolate as you can combat a cough with Chocolate...the chemical found in cocoa beans seems better than cough syrup.

Maybe a good probiotic to promote natural wellness as good bacteria is beneficial...Kefir and Plain greek yogurt acts as a probiotic.

Give your body a chance to repair itself...maybe stop the workouts for a few days....

Hope you feel better soon



DRAGONCHILDE
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5/5/13 11:02 A

I wonder if you might not be overtraining. fatigue, inability to do the workouts you used to, increased illness, all can be signs of it. What else are you doing?

Here's an article that may (or may not!) help. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=508




LOVEMOUSE82
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5/4/13 9:26 P

I run around 4 times a week. Lately I have been having a hard time going the full 5k so I'm trying to make up for it by going more often, less distance.



DRAGONCHILDE
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5/4/13 9:02 P

Colds are caused by exposure to viruses, not allergens or seasonal exposure. :)

Now, if you are running *too much* (overtraining) then it's possible that you can suppress your body's immune system. How often are you running?



GRAMCRACKER46
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5/4/13 8:56 P

I suspect at least some of your problem is seasonal. Pollen etc.

Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. For instance red green and yellow peppers are high in vitamin C. Zinc is good for my immune system and nuts are good for that.

Hope you feel better soon.
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By the way chicken soup really is good for a cold.


Edited by: GRAMCRACKER46 at: 5/4/2013 (20:57)


LOVEMOUSE82
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5/4/13 8:24 P

Ever since I began running I've been getting colds more often....this seems to be the exact opposite of what most people say. It could have to do with the allergens in the air as spring is approaching but does anyone have any advice on how to keep up good health while being on an exercise regimen such as running? Last month I got strep, three weeks later was on more antibiotics for a different infection, and after running yesterday and today, my throat and ears are starting to hurt again!!! So weird and frustrating. Usually exercise promotes your Immune system so I'm confused about this.



 
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